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Society Diary: Drinking at Stonehenge stonewalled

12 Feb 2016

Our weekly round-up of interesting and outlandish information, collected from the corners of the charity sector.

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Grants and lobbying: Why Matt Hancock's arguments don't stand up

The government's new clause preventing charities lobbying is based on dubious logic and unreliable research, says David Ainsworth.

'Government muzzling charities smells of Stalinism': Twitter reacts to new grant clause

On Saturday the Cabinet Office announced a new clause in its grant contracts which will see charities prevented from lobbying government with grant money. The sector, as well as several MPs, took to Twitter to give their opinions on the new clause.

Society Diary: A fundraiser's guide to the galaxy

Our weekly round-up of interesting and outlandish information, collected from the corners of the charity sector.

The Kids Company documentary showed us just how naive and arrogant its founder had become

Alice Sharman says last night’s documentary Camila's Kids Company: The Inside Story shows the founder had created a cult-like atmosphere that contributed to the charity's demise.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

What Twitter thought of the Kids Company documentary

The much-anticipated documentary charting the final days of Kids Company aired last night. While many voluntary sector commentators may have been watching from behind the sofa, it didn't stop them sharing their despair, outrage and horror at what unfolded on Twitter.

City analyst Louise Cooper; Cath Howard, CEO, Cumbria Community Foundation; John Ross, Investec; Ellen Clements, senior grants and donor services officer, Cumbria Community Foundation, and TV presenter Gaby Roslin

Cumbria Community Foundation won the Grantmaking and Funding category at the Charity Awards 2015 for its partnership delivering the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme.  Liz Woodham reflects on the impact that winning has had.

A trustee's response to being called 'wilfully blind or incompetent'

Andrew Purkis responds to the PACAC accusation that trustees were "wilfully blind or incompetent" and gives five reasons why they failed to exercise oversight more effectively.

If the government is truly committed to stopping another Kids Company, it must back this up with investment

If the government is truly committed to standardising its relationship with the charity sector it must put its money where its mouth is, says Genevieve Maitland Hudson.

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